Just a few years ago, a fully realized ergonomic home office was generally the realm of devoted freelancers and the less common, long-distance virtual employee. Yet it is now being realistically considered by a veritable WFH army. Therefore, as one of the home-based soldiers, I wanted to try Logitech’s new Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse – which is now available in three colors: off-white, graphite and pink.
The latest addition to the company’s Ergo line, which includes the Logitech Ergo K860, our choice for the best ergonomic keyboard, the unique-look Lift was designed to load everything from shoulders, back and forearms to the clearer wrists. Specifically aimed at small to medium-sized hands, it boasts a compact construction, rubber grip, thumb support and a strange, yet strangely easy to master vertical construction that helped give it its name.
Although we chose the Logitech MX Master 3 as our choice for the best ergonomic mouse that offers a more conventional shape, we named Logitech’s larger, more expensive, more fully equipped MX Vertical mouse as number two. The lift avoids MX Verticals USB-C charging for a single AA battery and is available in a left-hand model, although they are both validated by US Ergonomics and come with a back-friendly AGR approval stamp.
But is the 57-degree vertical design worth the equally steep price of $ 70? Here are our thoughts after incorporating Logitech Lift into our home office for a week.
An amazing, comfortable mouse for WFH
We recommend the Logitech Lift to those looking for an ergonomic quality mouse for their WFH setup – especially if you have wrist, arm or shoulder issues. It is both cheaper and more compact than the popular MX Vertical and has the advantage that it offers both left- and right-hand variants.
What we loved about it
I admit, I’ve never used a vertical mouse before. But during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when my husband took over one home office in our apartment (he takes more calls than me and needed privacy), I found myself sequestered at the dining room table. This led to some extremely poor working postures and a deep look at better ergonomics – as well as some physiotherapy. And even though I invested in a better office chair, a bigger screen, and a Microsoft split ergonomic keyboard, it did not occur to me to upgrade my mouse as well. Until now.
The Logitech Lift landed on my desk last week. Well, two of them when I received a right-handed off-white and a left-handed graphite (it also comes in a dusty pink color). I grabbed the off-white mouse, opened the box, and inspected its sleek, steep, architectural design. Although it looked more like a fancy French pastry than a computer equipment, with a soft, swirling rubber grip, I loved trying it.
A vertical mouse holds your arm and wrist in a more natural position by holding it as you would shake a hand, thus also keeping it in line with your arm. The idea is that you never have to turn your arm to grab it, which then reduces the contractions in your forearm muscles. At 4.72 x 3.11 x 3.09 inches, the lift is a perfect fit for my smaller hands and I immediately took to the thumb rest.
Easy to set up – and easy to get comfortable
Putting it up was a cinch right out of the box. The single AA battery was already installed, so all I had to do was turn it on, and it was automatically paired with my MacBook Pro via Bluetooth. Although I can not be sure, Logitech says that the battery should last up to a full two years.
I put aside my beloved Microsoft Arc Mouse, which I had been using for years and which is especially easy to throw flat and throw in a bag if I was going out to work, and switched in the Logitech Lift in anticipation of spending hours on to find out. it out. Instead, I was rewarded with almost instant gratification. It took about five minutes to get used to the grip and use the two left and right buttons and the slider, which are on the side instead of sitting on top of the mouse.
The back of the lift fit nicely into my palm and I could rest my wrist on the desk. And because my chair armrest was at the right height, I could use my elbow rather than my hand to move the mouse around. The whole process also made it easier to sit upright, which is something I have to think about all the time now.
Both the scroll wheel on the right side and the click buttons on each side are silent and easy to reach with the thumb and forefinger. And I liked how easy it was to control the magnetic, rubberized SmartWheel, which can be slowly clicked to browse or quickly flicked to scroll faster on longer documents.
Easy pairing with multiple devices
Although I mainly stick to one laptop these days, Logich lets you pair the mouse with up to three different devices running Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS, iPadOS or Android – and switch between them instantly by pressing the button on the base of the lift. I dug out my Microsoft Surface, which I usually throw in my carry-on luggage for shorter trips, and I actually had no trouble pairing it right away. The mouse also supports a fourth connection with an included dongle. And if you use more than one monitor, the Logitech Flow feature lets you move the cursor between three computers at the same time.
Logitech also makes Liften easy to find for any type of user via its new Logi Options + software for Windows and Mac. Once installed, it guided me through all the buttons individually and concisely and showed me how to customize each button, adjust cursor speed, and switch between sensitivity levels on the SmartWheel. I chose to make the two left side buttons “copy” and “paste”, but left the scroll wheel and cursor speed as they are.
What we did not like about it
For the most part, I appreciated almost everything about the design and simplicity of the Logitech Lift. One complaint is the placement of the small DPI button, which sits directly under the SmartWheel. Although I did not feel the need to adjust the cursor speed, those who do may find it harder to reach.
And finally, I might feel more comfortable with a rechargeable USB-C option instead of relying on an AA battery, though again that’s not something that came into play during the test. If you prefer to have a mouse with a rechargeable battery (or want to be able to use a wired connection), you are better off with MX Vertical.
The Logitech Lift is among the best ergonomic mice we’ve tested, and our preferred vertical option yet. It fitted beautifully into my palm, was easy to push around without moving my wrist, and best of all, the learning curve was almost non-existent. I liked that it worked right out of the box and could connect to three different computers right away. And unlike most other mice, there is a left-handed option for south paws.
Due to its more compact design and lower price, the Lift is a great alternative to Logitech MX vertical mice for smaller to medium-sized hands. Unless you want a rechargeable battery, an optional wired connection, or another size for larger hands, we think the Lift is the new vertical mouse that can be purchased for most WFH fighters. And if you prefer a more traditional flat design, the $ 99 Logitech MX Master 3 remains our overall best mouse choice.
How does it compare to other vertical mice we tested
|Size||2.79 x 2.75 x 4.25 inches||3.09 x 3.11 x 4.72||2.81 x 2.98 x 4.42 inches|
|Weight||4.4 ounces||4.76 ounces||3.36 ounces|
|Connection||Bluetooth, Accommodation Bolt USB receiver||Bluetooth, Unifying USB receiver, Wired||USB receiver|
|Battery||AA battery, up to 24 months||Rechargeable via USB-C, up to 4 months||AA battery, up to 12 months|
|Mating and software||Up to 3 units, Accommodation Options +||Up to 3 devices, Logitech Options and Logi Options +||Up to 2 units, KensingtonWorks|
|Possibility of left hand||Yes||None||None|
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